Hiker's Blog on Corsica Island
Low-cost airline easyJet announced a new route between Geneve (Switzerland) and Ajaccio. According to the announcement (in French) 6 flights a week will be available since June 29, 2008 till September 14, 2008 for prices of a one-way flight starting at 39.95 CHF (ca. 25 Euros).
For more direct and indirect flights to Corsica check out an updated page Getting to Corsica by air.
Posted by Marek Prokop on Wed, 2008-01-30 01:12
Low-cost operator easyJet offers new flights from London-Gatwick to Ajaccio and Bastia since May 2008. Flights are scheduled on Sundays with fares from £39.99 to about £100 incl. taxes and charges. For more direct and indirect flights to Corsica check out updated page Getting to Corsica by air.
Posted by Marek Prokop on Wed, 2008-01-16 22:00
Even though the GR 20 trail normally takes 15 days, a Scottish runner Chris Upson has made it in five days. Exactly he needed only 31 hours and 46 minutes to get from Calenzana in the north west to Conca in the south east. To learn more, read his report.
Chris ran along the trail with 12 other runners (only 5 of them managed to complete the route in its entirety) from 12th to 16th September 2007. The record for running the GR20 non-stop is 36h53m by Pierre Santucci, with the previous record being 37h07m by Jean-Francois Luciani.
Posted by Marek Prokop on Sun, 2007-11-18 13:07
Sally Kelly, a keen walker from England, did the GR 20 trek with her friend Geoff in June 2007 and started to post an interesting travel report on her blog Sally in Norfolk. I've asked Sally a couple of questions about her trek and she was so kind to share her Corsican experience with you.
Q: I know from your blog, that it was your friend Geoff, who convinced you to do the GR20. However, who or what did attract you to the long-distance walking in general?
I started walking as a way to get out the house into the fresh air, the more miles I walked the more miles I wanted to walk and I often wondered how it would feel to walk for days and weeks. I read alot about people doing long distance walks and my dream was to do one.
Q: Can you compare the GR20 to any other experience from your rambling history?
The GR20 was my first long distance walk and compares to nothing I have ever done before. Even giving birth to both my sons was easier, but I enjoyed every second of it and the feeling of achievement at the end was fantastic.
Q: What place on the GR20 did you like most?
I really liked all the rock pools along the GR20, they were great for having a dip in, far better than the cold showers at the refuges that you had to que for. I also enjoyed the stage 14 walk the alpine variant over to the village de Bavella.
Q: What part of the GR20 was the most difficult one for you and why?
Stage 4 and the Cirque de la Solitude was the hardest day for me both mentally and physically. It was very scary as I had never experienced anything like it... it was like climbing with out the safety of a rope... and at times I did feel that one false move and I would have fallen.
Q: What would you do differently either in preparation of your journey or on the trail now, after you are back to home?
I did a lot of training before I went but wish I had done a little more to strengthen my arms because they ached alot from using them to pull myself up the rocks. I also wish I had more experience on walking downhill over all the boulders as I lacked the confidence to go fast.
Q: What do you consider to be the most important advice for people planning the GR20 trek?
Keep the weight of your rucksack as light as possible, make sure your of reasonable fitness but most of all go with the right frame of mind. If I can do it as my first long distance walk, with most of my walking done on the flat, then anyone can do this walk. Also go to enjoy it and don't rush it.
Posted by Marek Prokop on Fri, 2007-09-14 10:10
I’ve just launched a discussion board on Corsica.forHikers.com. There are two forums available for the time being:
- GR 20 forum for any questions and topics related to the GR 20 trail. I’ve moved there most Q/A comments from the GR 20 page, so the forum already offers a fair amount of knowledge about this popular trek.
- General Corsica forum for any other topics related to Corsica Island. It’s almost empty for now and I hope you’ll help me to fill it with questions and answers, your personal reviews etc.
I can add more forums later, if they prove to be useful.
Along with the discussion forums I’ve enabled a user registration. You need not be registered and logged in to post into the forums, but if you prefer to see your name (or nickname) at your posts instead of just an “anonymous visitor”, please register.
Posted by Marek Prokop on Sat, 2007-07-21 10:21